Mechanical Properties of the MG-Based Amorphous/Nano Zirconia Composite Alloy
Mg-based composites are fabricated through mechanical alloying (MA) the Mg65Cu20Y10Ag5 amorphous alloy spun and mixed with 1-5 vol.% spherical nano-sized ZrO2 particles in the planetary mill, after then formed by hot pressing in Ar atmosphere under different pressures at the temperature 5 K above the glass transition temperature (Tg). The microstructure characterizations of the resulting specimens are conducted by means of XRD, FEG-SEM, and TEM techniques. It is found that the nano-sized ZrO2 dispersed Mg-based composite alloy powders can reach to a homogeneous size distribution (about 80 nm) after 50-hour mechanical alloying. After hot pressing of these composite alloy powders under the pressure of 1100 MPa at 409K, a 96% dense bulk specimen can be formed. Throughout the MA and hot pressing, the amorphous nature of the Mg65Cu25Y10Ag5 matrix is maintained. The hardness of the formed bulk Mg-based composites (with 3 vol.% nano-sized ZrO2 particles) can reach to 370 in Hv scale. In addition, the toughness of the formed bulk Mg-based composites presents an increasing trend with the content of nano-sized ZrO2 particles and can reach to 8.9 MPa m .
T. Chandra, K. Tsuzaki, M. Militzer , C. Ravindran
L.J. Chang et al., "Mechanical Properties of the MG-Based Amorphous/Nano Zirconia Composite Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 925-930, 2007